Drive Innovation beyond Borders


Our Vision

Inspire innovation and entrepreneurship to shape a more inclusive, sustainable and prosperous future.


Our Mission

The Asia-Pacific Youth Entrepreneurship Foundation (APYEF) is committed to building a cross-border startup ecosystem to nurture and empower the next generation of entrepreneurs across the Asia-Pacific region.

Our Mandate and Story

Founded in 2016, APYEF has a mandate to expand global opportunities for young Canadian entrepreneurs and promote their engagement with the fast-growing Asia-Pacific market.


The Foundation was registered with Canadian Federal Government under the Canada Not-for-profit Corporations Act in July 2015. On May 18, 2016, we held APYEF's official launch ceremony at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Montreal, joined by more than 200 distinguished guests, including diplomats, government officials, entrepreneurs, business leaders, and startup community stakeholders. In addition, both the Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau and the Minister of International Trade Chrystia Freeland sent their official congratulatory letters.

Since the launch ceremony, APYEF has established partnerships with VCs, Angel investors, incubators, accelerators, university entrepreneurship hubs and startup communities across Canada, United States, China, and Southeast Asia. We will continue empowering, supporting and working alongside the next generation of visionary founders in the Asia-Pacific region.

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Our Partners

Featured Startups

We are proud to take startups to global stage

FREDsense (Calgary)

Global Champion at She Loves Tech Startup Pitch Competition 2018

FREDsense combines biology and engineering to detect chemicals in industrial water. 


Past Event Speakers/Judges/Mentors

Support from leading investors, entrepreneurs and industry experts

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